SureFire DG Switch and Holsters

The SureFire DG Switch gets along with... pretty much no holster out there.  I have ran into issues with every holster I've tried. 

There are a couple ways to skin this cat, the obvious one is to break out the Dremel tool, some jewelers files, heat gun, sandpaper, etc.  This is a must, otherwise your holster will eat your DG Swtich for lunch.  And while SureFire has a great warranty, nobody wants to continuously send a product back.

In addition to this, I feel it beneficial to beef up the switch.  I swear I read a article here a long while back about reinforcing the DG Switch.  I can't seem to find it.  But, I did recently post a video tutorial on how to do it:  https://kitbadger.com/dg-hack/

Ultimately you put a piece of masking tape (colored ideally) along the bottom of your DG Switch.  Then you put a piece of 1/2"  heat shrink over the taped switch and apply heat.  In doing so, you have given yourself a sacrificial piece of heat shrink to slowly get abused.   And the colored masking tape allows you to immediately see, upon visual inspection, if your sacrificial layer has been worn through.  At which time you can replace it.  *Mind you, you should still modify your holster.*

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tugboat12 posted:

The SureFire DG Switch gets along with... pretty much no holster out there.  I have ran into issues with every holster I've tried. 

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In addition to this, I feel it beneficial to beef up the switch.  I swear I read a article here a long while back about reinforcing the DG Switch.  I can't seem to find it.  But, I did recently post a video tutorial on how to do it:  https://kitbadger.com/dg-hack/

Yes, it was mentioned on this board before, the heatshrink method. I believe that it was mentioned that some people used colored heat shrink, so that when they could see the black, it was time to replace the heat shrink. The colored tape underneath is certainly a viable alternative, though.

Funny enough, I've never had an issue with holster, because I always used an X400 or X400U; the channel needed for the laser module automatically means that the DG switch is safe.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

 

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DEFAULT.MP3 - I have never had the chance to run a X400, but that makes sense.  Since the holster is larger there to accommodate laser.  I've seen it mentioned where people run a holster made for a X400 as a workaround rather than modifying the holster when using a X300/300U with a DG Switch.

There are version s of the Safariland 6004 series for lights that have the back of the holster notched below the trigger guard. My 6280-7740 is one of those versions, for my duty P226R.  

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We have only ever run the X400 version of whatever Safariland holster we have needed, despite not having any X400s. They work fine with the X300 and X300U, with the added bonus that they have a channel for the X400s laser that allows the DG switch to clear the holster easily without any wear or damage after literally 100s, if not 1000s of presentations.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

I taped a few popsicle sticks where the DG would go (trigger guard) then used a heat gun on my holster.  Once it was a little pliable I stuck the gun in w/ the taped on popsicle sticks and it made a perfect channel.  I've had my DG switch on for 3+ years and there's only minimal wear.  I used a dremel on an old holster and completely ruined it.  Be careful if you go that route.

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